How To Be Happy When You’re Struggling

Categories: Creative Happy Life

The last couple of weeks have been hard. My chronic illness has left me feeling utterly and totally exhausted. To be honest, it’s been a struggle.

This has reminded me of something that I seem to need to learn over and over again.

I’ve learnt that even when I’m really struggling, I can be happy.

It sounds strange, I know. How can struggling and happy go together?

I suppose another way to look at it is that my life is far from ideal and that’s okay.


Here’s what I do to be happy when I’m struggling.

I accept it.

I stop fighting against whatever it is that’s pulling me down. I just accept it as it is. When I do this it feels like a weight has been lifted.

I find it’s easiest if I can accept my struggle from my heart and soul, rather than from my mind.

I’ve been struggling with my illness because it leaves me so very exhausted. It stops me from doing all the things I would love to be doing – working, connecting, cooking, traveling creating.

But do you know what? It is what it is. Right here, right now, I feel exhausted and that’s okay. I accept that I have a chronic illness and that is what I’m living with.

Just because I accept it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to improve my situation. I’m working with experienced professionals that help and advise me with their knowledge. I’m just not fighting against it (which I did for many years and it left me feeling horrible).


I feel it.

How does it feel in your body? In your mind? In your soul? Just feel it.

Pushing it aside will only make it grow and fester. Just feel it right now and be done with it.

I feel my exhaustion and it reminds me of all the things I can’t do. So I just sit with it until I’m okay with it. At the same time I’m grateful for the things that I can do. I don’t beat myself up about it or run away from how I feel, I just feel for as long as I need to.


I do something that makes me feel good.

Once I’ve accepted my struggle and it feels right to move on I do something that I enjoy. It lifts my vibration and leave me feeling peaceful, connected and happy.

I love to make a cuppa and do some crocheting or knitting; something that’s easy and feels soothing. The repetitive motion helps to heal my soul, healing my struggle with each stitch. It leaves me feeling happy and peaceful even though I’m exhausted.


There is no right or wrong way to following this process.

However it happens for you is right for you. Follow your intuition and mould it so that it’s right for you.


I know I’m not the only one that’s struggling.

How has your week been? Have you been struggling? Has this process worked for you or not? Why don’t you pop over to my Creative & Happy facebook group and tell us about it?


With love, Lynda.